Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Cricket taught me everything, says Yuvraj announcing retirement

Cricket taught me everything, says Yuvraj announcing retirement

"Winning it in India as well and after 28 years, there can not be a bigger high", he said, the admission, rather appropriately, coming at a downtown hotel not far away from the Wankhede Stadium where MS Dhoni's famous six won India its second World Cup crown.

CHANDIGARH poster boy Yuvraj Singh ended his worldwide cricket career 18 years after making his global debut against Kenya in Nairobi in 2000, mother Shabnam Singh was with her son in Mumbai on Monday.

Members of the film fraternity on Monday lauded Yuvraj Singh's extraordinary career as the cricketer announced his retirement from worldwide cricket. His team Mumbai Indians won the 2019 IPL, but Yuvraj was benched after the initial few matches following average returns. He has played with the same passion all these years. Yuvraj called time on his career at a press conference in Mumbai on June 10. Meanwhile, the Indian cricketing great will continue to play domestically in the national leagues.

Yuvraj played pivotal roles in India winning the 2011 World Cup and the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007.

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"Winning the 2011 World Cup, being Man of the Series, four Man of the Match awards, was all like a dream, which was followed by a harsh reality, getting diagnosed with cancer".

"I am going to go and enjoy my life, it has been too stressful just thinking about my worldwide career, performing in big tournaments like IPL". For this year, or maybe next year, I don't know. In the process, he reached the fastest fifty ever in a T20 game, off just 12 balls, which was also the fastest in any form of global cricket. He put those memories behind and made a comeback to the cricket field. "Cricket has given me everything and is the reason why I stand here today".

His last appearance for India came in an ODI against West Indies in 2017. The left-handed batsman played in 132 matches in his IPL career and scored 2,750 runs and took 36 wickets.

India captain Virat Kohli tweeted: "Congratulations on a wonderful career playing for the country paji". Being player of the tournament in that World Cup was an icing on the cake which Yuvraj describes as the "biggest moment of his career". I didn't need a match.

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